SCA | Quick News | June 16, 2023

Hill on the Shortlist

Congratulations to SCA alumnus Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill for making the shortlist for the 2023 Sobey Art Prize! With the exception of the eventual $100,000 winner, Hill and the other finalists will already also receive $25,000, and will all participate in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa from October 13, 2023, – March 3, 2024. More HERE.

Heart of Gold

Retired SCA faculty members Patricia Gruben and Martin Gotfrit have completed their feature film Heart of Gold, which has been nominated for three Leo (BC Film) Awards before its festival release – for screenplay, leading actress, and Gotfrit's musical score. Heart of Gold is a hybrid drama that explores the anti-war politics of 1968 in the U.S. and British Columbia. Several SCA alumni worked on the film, including cinematographer Devan Scott, editor Will Ross, sound recorder Ciaran Davis-McGregor, and Assistant Director Anthony Lee, along with a number of student interns. The Leo Awards will be announced on July 9, and Heart of Gold will be released in November. Good luck!

Infinity Yours on the road

The SCA's Miwa Matreyek is screening the documentation of Infinity Yours as part of WaveForms, "a multimedia art occurrence," on July 13, 2023, in the Mugar Omni Theater, "a five-story tall, 180-degree domed viewing environment," at Boston's Museum of Science (more HERE), and also at San Francisco's Exploratorium as part of After Dark: Ecological Futures on June 29 (more HERE) and as part of Natural Connection: The Environment and You on July 1 & 2, 2023 (more HERE).  

Introducing FCAT Research Spotlight

In a Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology Research Spotlight post (and part of the FCAT Research Newsletter, compiled by FCAT's Research Coordinator, Brendan Anderson), the SCA's James Long (Theatre Replacement) joins Gillian Russell (School of Interactive Arts + Technology), Siyuan Yin (School of Communication), and Am Johal (Co-Director of SFU's Community-Engaged Research Initiative and Director of SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement) to talk about "what pre-research looks like for them, and what's required to succeed in community engaged projects." Read it HERE.

Chimerik 似不像 + The Darlings = ARCHIVE

Here's Stir Vancouver on ARCHIVE, SCA alumnus Sammy Chien and Chimerik 似不像's (with SCA alumnus Caroline MacCaull) upcoming collaborative performance with The Darlings, a Vancouver-based "multidisciplinary, non-binary drag performance collective" that includes SCA dance alumni Desi Rekrut, running June 16 & 17, 2023, at 7:00 PM The Birdhouse (44 W 4th Ave, Vancouver). Read it HERE.

Wilson in Queers in Space

SCA alumnus Wilson S. Wilson is part of the Queers in Space: Pride in Art Community Show, which runs June 19 – July 8, 2023, at The James Black Gallery (144 E. 6th Ave., Vancouver), presented as part of the Queer Arts Festival. More HERE.

Jarvis on the CBC

Read a CBC profile of SCA alumnus Sophie Jarvis, whose film Until Branches Bend won the Best BC Film Award at the 2022 Vancouver International Film Festival. Read it HERE.


SCA alumnus and current PhD student Casey Wei and the Libby Leshgold Gallery's Kay Higgins are co-curators of ART ROCK SUMMER: Summer School for Artists' Publishing, which runs June 16 – August 12, 2023, featuring a great schedule of events, including performances by Wei's rock group Kamikaze Nurse, SCA alumnus Katayoon Yousefbigloo's "amorphous rock cosplay" project Puzzlehead, and SCA alumnus Madison Mayhew's "synth-led prog rock power trio" Yep, plus so much more. More HERE.  

The Queen of Carthage

SCA alumnus Jessica McMann is one of the composers for The Queen of Carthage, a new collaboration between Re:Naissance Opera and Early Music Vancouver with SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, that runs Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 8:00 PM in the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre here at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver), which also features SCA alumnus Marisa Gold as Choreographer and Dancer.

Vines' ecosystems

Vines Art Society​, begun as Vines Art Festival by SCA alumni and Artistic Director Heather Lamoureux, has launched their new "ecosystems" program, which they describe as "a multi-pronged approach to strengthening artist relations." Fine out more HERE.

Endless Summer ending

SCA alumni Katie Kozak and Lucien Durey's Endless Summer, presented as part of the Capture Photography Festival, ends its run at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art (2121 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver) tomorrow – Saturday, June 17, 2023. Also, you can download the Sara MacLellan designed exhibition guide, featuring texts by Kiel Torres, Jenn Jackson, Kozak, and Durey HERE.

Lin / Tahos & Briët in Abyss Zone

SCA alumnus Anchi Lin / Ciwas Tahos is performing with Kayla Briët as part of Abyss Zone on Sunday, June 18, 2023, at 9:00 PM at Taipei City's Submarine Gallery (No. 22, Lane 105, Section 1, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City 10461). More HERE

Goodman dancing

Watch a quick video of SCA alumnus Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance​) dancing during her three day residency with BC Movement Arts Society​ (445 2nd Street, Sointula, BC). Watch HERE.

Yousefbigloo directs Foolish Man 

SCA alumnus Katayoon Yousefbigloo directed a video for Foolish Man by Mood Hut​'s Jack J. Watch it HERE.

Softboi summer

SCA alumnus Stefan Nazarevich​ is exploring a "softboi" feel for his next recording. Sample some "preliminary" keys HERE.

Adler's Spring-Summer 2024

The SCA's Barbara Adler is presenting her "textile-audio installation, Spring-Summer 2024" in the lobby of the Red Gate Revue Stage on Granville Island (1601 Johnston St., Vancouver) as part of Coastal Jazz​'s Vancouver International Jazz Festival. More HERE.

Le Sigh 009

Issue 9 of Le Sigh, the online arts magazine from SCA alumnus Didier Morelli​ and Charlene K. Lau, this time featuring Phillip Dwight Morgan on Charmaine Lurch, is available now. Read it HERE.

FRIDAY makes some lists

SCA alumnus DEBBY FRIDAY​ is on the 2023 Polaris Prize long list, and, according to the CBC, is also one of "9 2SLGBTQ+ Canadian musicians to listen to in 2023."

Gamelan Bike Bike play Casse-Tete

Gamelan Bike Bike, which includes SCA PhD student and alumnus George Rahi, are playing Casse-Tete: A Festival of Experimental Music on Sunday, June 18, 2023, at 1:00 PM at Memorial Park Plaza (15300 Marine Dr., White Rock). More HERE.

Stir on the VIVAs

Read Stir Vancouver on 2023 VIVA Award winners SCA alumnus Laiwan and Hazel Meyer, along with Daina Augaitis winning the Alvin Balkind Curator's Prize. Read it HERE.


SCA alumnus Jeanette Kotowich​ is presenting a Joy of Jigging Workshop on Sunday, June 18, 2023, from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM in the Rehearsal Hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre​ (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Also, Raven Spirit Dance​, which has SCA alumnus Starr Muranko as co-Artistic Director (with Michelle Olson) and Kotowich as an Artistic Associate, are presenting Confluence on Monday, June 19, at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM in the Evergreen Cultural Centre's Studio Theatre.

Branching Songs

SCA PhD student Simon Lysander Overstall joins Julie Andreyev, Giorgio Magnanensi, Lara Felsing, M. Simon Levin, Emma Pallay, Keira Madsen, and Myles V Feltenberger for Branching Songs, "an exhibition and workshop series on the Sunshine Coast," running June 23 – August 13, 2023, with an Opening Reception + Dialogue on Friday, June 23, at 5:00 PM and Workshops + Soundwalks on Saturday, June 24 + Sunday June 25, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council Gallery (5714 Medusa St., Sechelt), presented with Vancouver New Music. More HERE.

Ariaratnam and Avendaño in the Jazz Fest

SCA alumnus Matthew Ariaratnam is playin with Adrian Avendaño on a FREE two-duo bill with Giorgio Magnanensi and Andromeda Monk on July 1 at 5:00 PM at the Red Gate Revue Stage on Granville Island (1601 Johnston St., Vancouver), as part of Coastal Jazz​'s Vancouver International Jazz Festival. More HERE.

Making a Scene Conference: (re)connection

Our friends in SFU Woodward's are co-presenting Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance's 2023 Making a Scene Conference: (re)connection, running online on June 19 and in-person on June 26 in the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre here at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver). With SCA alumnus and rice & beans theatre artistic director Pedro Chamale as one of the participants, find out more and register HERE.

Free Absolute Unit in the atrium

Go see the SCA's Stefan Smulovitz and the rest of this top shelf group, John Korsrud's Absolute Unit (with Korsrud, Geeta Das, Eliot Doyle, Noah Franche-Nolan, Sara Gold, Melissa Hubert, Christopher Kelly, Adam Kyle, Andre Lachance, Jillian Lebeck, Gordy Li, Brent Mah, John Nicholson, Stefan Smulovitz, Todd Stewart, Andrea Wong Carless, and Jeff Younger), play a FREE show on Sunday, June 18, 2023, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at SFU Woodward's Atrium (111 W. Hastings, St., Vancouver). More HERE.

Body Parts on tour

Presented by BC Movement Arts Society, SCA alumnus Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is taking Body Parts on the road: in Port McNeill at the Gate House Theatre on June 22 at 7:30 PM, in SOINTULA at the Athletic Hall on June 23 & 24 at 7:30 PM, and in Port Hardy at the Civic Centre on June 25 at 7:00 PM. More HERE.


Vancouver Art Blog shared some great installation shots of SCA alumnus Charlene Vickers' DIVINERS:HEALING, which is at Macaulay & Co. Fine Art (293 East 2nd Ave., Vancouver) to August 19, 2023. See them HERE

Khakpour's Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet

SCA alumnus Aryo Khakpour's 2020 short film, Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, which offers an "imaginary meeting between Jesus and Tom Waits," is screening as part of Xinema Program 8: Cosmic Queerities on Sunday, June 25, 2023, at 7:45 PM at the VIFF Centre (1181 Seymour St., Vancouver). More HERE.

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